CES to expand Apple section

From CNET News.com: The Consumer Electronics Association, which hosts CES in Las Vegas every year, said Thursday that the trade show will expand its Apple section from 4,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet.

It's called the iLounge Pavilion and will be an exhibition area for products related to the Mac, iPod, and iPhone. This year, for the first time, there will also be a section for applications for use on Apple products.

Microsoft Fined $200M USD for Violating Open Source Patent

From DailyTech: In its early days Microsoft, oft ignored the open source movement, instead pushing for proprietary standards. However, more recently the company has made a practice of embracing open standards and then "extending" them in ways that tend to tie them to the Windows operating system, according to critics.

Acer Launches New Windows Home Server

From DailyTech: Acer has announced a new Aspire easyStore Home Server that allows families to access digital data from anywhere on the planet where they can get internet access. Acer says its product is designed for homes with multiple PCs and is intended to allow computers on a home network to have a centralized location for backups and other digital data.

Windows 7 Prices May Be Announced in Mid-June

From PC World: icrosoft will unveil pricing for Windows 7 in a few weeks, a Web site that has accurately predicted past company moves said today.

TechARP.com, a Malaysian Web site that correctly named the ship date of Internet Explorer 8 earlier this year and leaked details of an upcoming free Windows 7 upgrade program for users who buy Vista PCs after July 1, said that Microsoft will publicly announce prices for Windows 7 in mid-June.

Google claims 30 percent Chrome speed boost

From CNET News.com: Google has shifted the Javascript engine that powers its Chrome Web browser into a higher gear.

The company announced Thursday that an update to Chrome's V8 Javascript engine, combined with a new version of the Webkit browser engine, should improve the loading speed of Javascript-heavy Web pages by up to 30 percent. The updates will be automatically downloaded to existing copies of Chrome.

OCZ Improves Performance of Premium Solid-State Drives

From X-bit Labs: OCZ Technology Group this week unveiled its new family of solid-state drives (SSDs) that are aimed at premium-class desktop or laptop systems. The novelties offer larger DRAM cache as well as better performance and will overshadow the company’s Vertex-series SSDs launched about half year ago.

Conficker still infecting 50,000 PCs per day

From InfoWorld: The Conficker worm is still infecting systems at a brisk rate and continues to snag computers in Fortune 1000 companies, according to security researchers.

Microsoft: Still No Vista SP2 for You

From PC World: Although Microsoft quietly delivered Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) to TechNet and MSDN subscribers last week, the company has still has not made the upgrade available to other users.

Intel's Tukwila slips yet again

From CNET News.com: Intel released a statement Thursday on the schedule changes. It reads in part:

"During final system-level testing, we identified an opportunity to further enhance application scalability best optimized for high-end systems. This will result in a change to the Tukwila shipping schedule to Q1 2010.

Best Buy to Sell Palm Pre for $200 with Contract

From DailyTech: The Palm Pre is shaping up to be a hot property when it’s released next month. The Pre features Palm's new webOS and will become only the second smart phone on the market to use multi-touch (the iPhone being the first). The phone hits the market on June 6.

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